November 14, 2012: A Jacksonville woman was killed and two others hospitalized in serious condition in a collision Tuesday night at the Interstate 295 off-ramp at Dunn Avenue. A Chevrolet Cavalier was eastbound on Dunn about 6 p.m. when a Toyota Corolla pulled from the northbound I-295 ramp andattempted to turned left onto Dunn toward the westbound lane . The passenger of the Cavelier , who was wearing a seat belt, died after the two cars collided. The Highway Patrol is investigating the driver of the Corolla in what the report lists as an alcohol-related crash.
Drunk driving is a dangerous action that many people continue to do despite local and national efforts to campaign against it. Often, drunk drivers end up injuring themselves and others. Victims who are injured in such accidents often have the right to seek damages from the at-fault driver for bodily injury and other losses.
If you drink alcohol and drive you dramatically increase your chance of being in a crash. In addition, if you are pulled over and the officer asks you to take a blood, urine or breath test you are required to comply. Florida has the “Implied Consent Law”. When you sign your drivers license you have agreed to take these tests upon request. Refusal to take any of the tests will result in an immediate suspension for one year. A second refusal will result in an 18 month suspension.
Under Florida law, DUI is one offense that is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven. (F.S. 316.193) There are various penalities for being convicted of a DUI, including a monetary fine, community service, losing your liscense and imprisonment. Read more regarding the penalties at http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/duilaws.html and http://dui.drivinglaws.org/florida.php
According to Florida DMV records there were 33, 625 DUI convicons in Florida in 2011. Of the 55,722 DUI tickets issued in Florida in 2011 – 9,328 were issued by the FHP, 23,649 were issued by police departments in Florida, and 21,868 were issued by Florida Sheriffs departments. In 2010, there were 2,222 DUI convictions in Duval County.
A personal injury attorney can help victims understand the law regarding DUI accidents and their rights so that they can make informed decisions about the pursuit of a personal injury lawsuit against a drunk driver. If you are a loved one has been injured as a result of an alcohol related car accident, please contact us at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.